By Watchdog reporter
This year 2017, Mt. St. Mary’s College Namagunga, one of Uganda’s oldest traditional schools for girls will mark its Platinum Jubilee as it makes 75 years. Founded in 1942 by Mother Kevin of the Franciscan Sisters for Africa, the school has rolled out some of the most high profile Ugandan ladies gracing different sectors including Politics, Business, Media, and the Arts.
President Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni, whose daughters attended the school will join members of the Catholic clergy, parents, Old Girls, current students and others at the year’s celebrations which will climax on 16th September 2017 where mass and other festivities will be held at the school.
Speaking during a media conference held at the school to kick start the celebrations, the Headmistress of Namagunga, Sr. Seraphine Amulen said, “As the school marks 75 years of existence in Uganda, we want to use this year to celebrate the past achievements, cherish the present and shape the future of the young girls who walk through our gates here at Namagunga. This year is monumental to ensure that we continue on the path started by the founders of the school and pay tribute to the achievements across the years. We wish to thank all those who have supported the school over years and we pray they will join us in these celebrations as we mark this very important milestone.”
The school released a program of activities set to take place throughout the year starting with a Charity Walk on 25th March, organized by the Namagunga Old Girls Association (NOGA) where proceeds will go to the refurbishment of the school dormitories. The school also plans a Fundraising Dinner where the Chief Guest will be Sister Cephas who was head teacher of the school for 30 years. Also planned is a health camp/clinic at the local Kawolo Hospital where old girls who are doctors will offer free services to the hospital and will make visits with the current Biology students and those aspiring to join the medical profession from the school.
Other activities include a play to be performed by the girls that will highlight the schools footprint in Uganda from 1942 to date. The play will be taken on the road to various schools neighboring Namagunga and those with whom the school has had strong partnerships with over the years.
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